John (Ryan) Banta

Biography

Dr. Banta’s research interests are based in the earth sciences. He received his bachelors degree from University of California, Davis majoring in Soil and Water Science with an Environmental Toxicology minor. He performed his graduate work at the University of Nevada, Reno where he received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Hydrology. His graduate and postdoctoral research focused on interdisciplinary approaches to investigate implications of high resolution trace element ice core and surface snow records from Greenland and Antarctica, with specific attention to tracers of dust, sea salt, anthropogenic pollution, and climate change. Dr. Banta’s current research focuses on lower latitude interests related to hydrologic cycle, geochemsitry and water quality, as well as surface water and ground water interactions. He is working with issues related to water quality and water quantity in cooperation with local partners to better understand hydrologic processes.